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Books: "Hands on Health"

Todd Moe talks with the local author of a new book about healthier eating and taking care of our bodies. Paula Youmell is a nurse and certified holistic health counselor. Her new book is titled, Hands on Health. It's the first in a series of books she calls "The Whole Food Kitchen."  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend to spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down. On an average day this will probably consist of driving, working at a desk, and then relaxing in front of the TV.

A Potsdam organization - St. Lawrence Health Initiative - has been using standing desks for all 13 employees for more than a year. Executive Director Ruth Fishbeck says she'd also like to experiment with treadmill desks. Todd Moe stopped by recently to talk with Fishbeck about the health benefits of standing at work - weight loss, more energy and better concentration. And, she says, it doesn't mean standing all day.  Go to full article
Being an airplane, at the Yoga Loft's Little Lotus class in Canton. Photo: Christopher Shrope
Being an airplane, at the Yoga Loft's Little Lotus class in Canton. Photo: Christopher Shrope

Heard Up North: Little lotus yoga for kids

Yoga has become popular in the North Country among adults, and especially senior citizens. Now, instructor Sarah Scafidi-McGuire has started teaching yoga to to the younger set, in a class she calls Little Lotus, for toddlers.  Go to full article
We're all humans, and not all of our employees are as healthy as they'd like to be.

Creating healthier workplaces

Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get more exercise? Some local small businesses are doing their part to help their employees stay healthy at the workplace. Wellness programs are not new. They've been staples at large companies for years, but are less likely to be used at small businesses. That's changing.

Amid soaring health spending, there is growing interest in workplace disease prevention and wellness programs to improve health and lower costs. Eager to control rising health care costs, small firms in St. Lawrence County are turning to a health experts for help. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Get into GEAR adventure race

Tomorrow is the deadline to enter the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative's 3rd annual adventure race. It's a benefit for the not-for-profit. It'll be held on September 26. The Health Initiative's Carol Zimmerman told David Sommerstein the race is a triathalon for the whole family.  Go to full article

Books: "Stepping Out"

A Plattsburgh advocate of long-distance rural hikes tells us why it's more fun than trekking through the wilderness. Todd Moe talks with Ellie Berger about her new book, Stepping Out, a Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles, Practices and Pleasures of Countryside Walking.  Go to full article
Lucy Martin took this trike  model out for a spin. Photo by Craig Miller
Lucy Martin took this trike model out for a spin. Photo by Craig Miller

Pedaling while reclining

Bicycles are about as green as you can get. They're economical and provide great exercise. But a lot of people draw the line at hunching over those skinny, hard seats. But as Lucy Martin reports, there's more than one way to ride, whatever your age or size.  Go to full article

Warming up the body for gardening season

Gardening has a well-deserved reputation for providing pleasure and healthful exercise. But sometimes all that outdoor activity leads to problems, as Ottawa reporter Lucy Martin learned the hard way. She spoke with a physical therapist about ways to stay out of trouble while getting the garden work done.  Go to full article

New project seeks to fight obesity

Childhood Obesity is a major public health problem in New York State. One in five North Country children are overweight. The Eat Well Play Hard Program was launched earlier this year across the region to help prevent childhood obesity and reduce long-term risks for chronic disease. It's part of a national project that promotes eating healthy and getting exercise. Jamie Bentley is coordinator of Eat Well Play Hard at the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
The window at Villari's.
The window at Villari's.

Heard Up North: Karate Class

Heard Up North is a regular feature on All Before Five, a little slice of life in the North Country. Today's voice comes from a martial arts school for kids in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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